5 October 2012 – Ford Motor Company and Schneider Electric are joining forces to deliver an electric vehicle charging solution for homes and businesses across Europe. Ford’s partnership with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, will provide battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) customers –including owners of the forthcoming Focus Electric – with a fast, reliable, safe and convenient charging solution.
Ford and Schneider Electric have worked together to ensure the stations are optimised for Ford’s electric vehicle products. Focus Electric customers, in regions with compatible electricity supply specifications, will be able to fully charge their batteries in little more than three hours. A full charge of the Focus Electric battery will deliver 162 km driving range with energy efficiency of 15.9 kWh/100 km according to recently confirmed figures from Ford.
In addition, Ford and Schneider Electric will offer Focus Electric customers the opportunity to purchase their electricity from green energy partners, providing certified renewable energy from new installations. This will provide customers with the option of making their Ford electric driving experience CO2 neutral – maximising the environmental benefit of pure electric driving.
In Germany renewable energy will be delivered for example by the Cologne energy provider RheinEnergie – a company that recently installed a 1.2 megawatt solar panel system on the roof of a Ford facility in Cologne. The electricity from this installation will specifically supply the energy for charging Ford Focus Electric models that will go on sale in 2013.
Ford will announce further cooperation with energy providers in other countries closer to the launch of the Focus Electric in Europe.